Knowing what to do after a root canal treatment can help patients recover well and prevent any further issues in the future.
Patients who have taken the steps of seeing an endodontist for a root canal treatment should be congratulated for seeking out the best care to ensure their own health and well-being. After the treatment is finished, you will most likely be feeling much better. During this time, it is important to understand that there are further steps you can take to ensure you continue to heal well so you don’t have to go through a return treatment visit any time soon.
Take Time to Rest and Recover
Following a root canal treatment, your mouth is just beginning to heal and may be sore or tender during the first few days. This is normal and can generally be managed taking over the counter pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol as instructed by the manufacturer. If you have been prescribed any stronger pain killers by your dentist or endodontist, be sure to follow the instructions on the prescription and understand that they may cause drowsiness so it is important to take them only as directed. Give yourself time to rest before diving back into a hectic daily routine, and avoid strenuous activities such as heavy exercise.
Care Advice from the Experts
In addition to rest, the American Academy of Endodontics (AAE) offers a list of ways you can help your body heal which include:
- Avoid biting or chewing on the treated tooth until it is fully restored by your dentist
- Continue to brush and floss at least twice a day
- Inspect your tooth daily to ensure the temporary filling is still in place and the area remains clean and free of debris or infection
- Contact your dentist or endodontist if you develop visible swelling in treated area, if you experience an allergic reaction to your medications, or if the original symptoms return
Once your root canal therapy is complete and you have had a few days to heal and rest, it is important to schedule a time to return to your dentist to have a permanent crown installed or to receive any other final restoration treatments as necessary. During this visit, your dentist can again inspect the treated area and check for signs that it is healing appropriately. If you have experienced any further pain or discomfort up to this point, be sure to share your observations with your dentist.
Following a root canal treatment, restored teeth can last as long as natural teeth. Be sure to continue to clean and care for your teeth on a daily basis and continue receiving regular oral check-ups and cleanings.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes with treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.
Professional Endodontics now offers three state-of-the art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and a fully renovated Southfield location in the Comerica Tower. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental deliver systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.